Building Communities for People to Live with Peace of Mind through Environmental Protection Activities
Based on the theme “Protecting the Earth,” Tokio Marine Group is implementing local and social contribution activities around the world that help protect the environment and biodiversity. These activities emphasize voluntary engagement by employees and tie-ups with NPOs and other groups.
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|15. Life on Land||15.2 Promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally||Collaborative Afforestation Efforts in Kochi Prefecture: Tokio Marine & Nichido’s Forest for the Future|
Initiatives in Japan
At Tokio Marine Group and its Group companies, employees and agents volunteer to hold classes on the environment, art and writing contests, and eco-experience tours. In addition, we are building an environmental community through the Marunouchi Citizens Environmental Forum, a forestry maintenance and environmental awareness seminar.
Tokio Marine Group and its overseas companies are promoting environmental initiatives through Earth Day and other events. In Asia, efforts are made to protect forests and water while children with underprivileged backgrounds are invited to environmental enlightenment tours. We are working to build environmental communities in this way in the different regions of the world.
Initiatives in Japan
At Tokio Marine Group, employees and agents volunteer to hold classes of Green Lessons: The Mangrove Story. Tokio Marine & Nichido has co-hosted the Children’s Environmental Award program, an environment-themed illustration and essay contest, and the Iriomote Island Eco Experience Tour, a tour learning about the importance of preserving the global environment, while having co-sponsored the Collaborative Afforestation Project with Environmentally Advanced Corporations in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture. The company also holds the Marunouchi Citizens Environmental Forum, a social and environmental awareness seminar, jointly with Mitsubishi Corporation and is working to build environmental communities.
Green Lessons: The Mangrove Story
As part of its efforts to raise environmental awareness, since 2005 Tokio Marine Group has provided Green Lessons: The Mangrove Story, an environmental education program for children in elementary and special needs schools. Employee and agent volunteers visit these schools and give lectures on the theme of “prevention of global warming and preservation of biodiversity,” in which they tell stories about mangrove planting. Children participating in these lessons receive flowerpots made from recycled uniforms.
As of March 31, 2017, the Group visited around 760 elementary and special needs schools throughout Japan and provided Green Lessons to 51,700 children. We will continue conducting these lessons nationwide as a place for children, the leaders of tomorrow, to think for themselves about the environment.
Children’s Environmental Award and Iriomote Island Eco Experience Tour
Since 2008, Tokio Marine & Nichido and The Asahi Shimbun Company (newspaper) have co-hosted an environment-themed illustration and essay contest, the Children’s Environmental Award program, as one initiative to raise environmental awareness among elementary school children who will take the lead in the future and, in turn, raise awareness among society as a whole. For the ninth Children’s Environmental Award in fiscal 2016, we received 4,582 works from children all over Japan. We invited the winners of the contest and their parents to join the Iriomote Island Eco Experience Tour.
The Iriomote Island Eco Experience Tour is conducted under the supervision of Shigeyuki Baba, Professor Emeritus, University of the Ryukyus. He is also a judge of the Children’s Environmental Award and has been providing support to Tokio Marine & Nichido’s Mangrove Planting Project. Participants learn about the importance of preserving the global environment through a program of events that includes exploring a mangrove forest, engaging in tree planting and mangrove dyeing, while receiving explanations from specialists.
The children who participated in the tour commented that nature was more fragile than they thought and needs to be protected and understood the problems facing Iriomote, and that there are many people committed to protecting nature as well as flora and fauna.
Collaborative Afforestation Efforts in Kochi Prefecture: Tokio Marine & Nichido’s Forest for the Future
In May 2009, Tokio Marine & Nichido concluded a five-year partners agreement with Kochi Prefecture, Aki City and the Eastern Kochi Forestry Association to promote afforestation in Aki City under the prefecture’s Collaborative Afforestation Project with Environmentally Advanced Corporations (the five-year agreement was renewed in May 2014). The forest covered under the agreement has been named “Tokio Marine & Nichido’s Forest for the Future.” Every year, we conduct a volunteer tour for Group employees and agents including their families to experience tree thinning and socially interact with local residents. A total of 60 members participated in the eighth Tree-Thinning Forestry Volunteers held in November 2016. Participants felt that it was a project that emphasizes ties with the local community and understood that much human intervention was required to maintain the forest in a healthy state.
Marunouchi Citizens Environmental Forum
Every year, Tokio Marine & Nichido holds a social and environmental awareness seminar, the Marunouchi Citizens Environmental Forum, jointly with Mitsubishi Corporation. At the 58th forum held in fiscal 2016 at MARUCUBE in the Marunouchi Building in Chiyoda Ward, we invited Tsuyoshi Kitazawa, Chairman of the Japan Inclusive Football Federation, who gave a lecture entitled “Be kind to people and the earth” that concerned local and social contribution activities such as tree-planting and environmental beautification activities in developing countries (JICA as official sponsor) and soccer for persons with disabilities in addition to talking about his soccer playing days. More than 115 people from inside and outside the company attended, with some commenting: “I would like to get some of my friends involved in soccer for persons with disabilities, too,” “I got to see the challenges and importance of soccer for the disabled,” and “I would like to do what I can to help as well.”
In Tokio Marine Group, U.S.-based Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) and Hong Kong-based Tokio Marine Hong Kong are promoting environmental activities through Earth Day and other events. Thai-based Tokio Marine Insurance (Thailand) conducts initiatives to protect forests and water and invites underprivileged children on environmental enlightenment tours. These and other efforts seek to build environmental communities around the world.
U.S.-based PHLY has been encouraging its employees to take part in initiatives to protect the environment in the workplace, home and local community in order to leave behind a beautiful environment for the next generation. TEAMPHLY involves support of environmental protection activities by individuals and communities as well as various efforts to reduce environmental load in the office with the aim of minimizing environmental burden in business activities.
The three main activities under TEAMPHLY in 2016 were the reduction of environmental load through business activities, environmental education and awareness-raising activities, and efforts in connection with community outreach. Activities included the purchase of renewable energy certificates to offset carbon dioxide emitted through the use of power in offices throughout the United States.
The company also donated US$110,000 to an environmental NGO in the United States and planted 80,000 trees to protect forests damaged in natural disasters such as brush fires up until 2016.
Participation in Earth Day Events
Employees at U.S.-based PHLY conducted various activities to promote Earth Day 2016 as part of TEAMPHLY, an employee-driven environmental awareness program. Approximately 900 employees donated US$5,352 toward the protection of forests damaged by natural disasters as part of the PHLY 80K Trees campaign. In addition, 20 employees from the head office participated in volunteer events at a local environmental education center and conducted a cleanup of the garden, pond, forest area and other areas.